Mercy's for victims, not abusers

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: March 26, 2013
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In a small victory for common sense in the courtroom, former McLoud schoolteacher Kimberly Crain has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for committing an untold number of sex crimes against children, including abuse occurring at her school.

Crain previously claimed to fear for her life should she go to prison. In a letter written to Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan asking for probation instead of incarceration, Crain claimed female inmates at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center had been following her case “on the Internet and were waiting on me to come.”

Sorry, but that's a price you pay for committing heinous crimes against children, not a get out of jail free card. Thankfully, the judge was not swayed by this malarkey.

Crain exploited her students by having them fulfill the perverse requests of former Oklahoma Baptist University professor Gary Doby, who would communicate with Crain's students online. The children were asked to pose in sexually suggestive ways, often in their underwear. District Attorney Richard Smothermon described Crain's and Doby's crimes as “shocking to me, and I've been doing this for 23 years.”

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